Yes, it's Y!

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Y.

The email address is flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. The deadline is September 5, 2007. If you don't have a blog, please include a brief description about the flower you are submitting. The rest of the guidelines are here!

Do you alliterate? Do you write strong headlines? If you have an idea for a title for Z, write to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know!

Round up for X

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X

There are not many flowers for the letter X, unless one rummages extensively through botanical texts to find the botanical names for common flowers. Yet this round got in two entries and we are 'xited to have them.

Xanthosoma from Sree




Medium: Oil on Canvasboard


Sree's entry for this round is Xanthosoma which is closely related to Colocasias. Used mainly for ornamental purposes, these flowers resemble the Arum lilies and are sometimes called as Elephant Ear. The corms are edible and sold commercially.


Xeranthemum from Priya



Medium: Color Pencil


Xeranthemum is a native of Southern Europe. The flowers are shiny, paper like and may have one or two layers. They are drought tolerant. Ideal as dry flowers, they bloom in white, rose, yellow, purple and pink.

Xhilirating X

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Just three left to go. What flower are you going to bring to the Flower Fest from X? We look forward to your entries!

The email address is flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. The deadline is August 22, 2007. If you don't have a blog, please include a brief description about the flower you are submitting. The rest of the guidelines are here!

Do you alliterate? Do you write strong headlines? If you have an idea for a title for Y, write to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know!

Round-up for W

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W

W seems to be a very easy letter in the flower kingdom. There is a lot of diverse florals in this round.

White Silene from Manisha



Medium:Photography


Manisha found these teeny white campions on a cold late summer morning in Tiny Town, Colorado, which is at about 8500 ft in altitude. These flowers are originally a native of Europe. It can be an invasive weed, depending on where it is found.

White campion or silene latifolia has male and female plants. The picture featured above is a female plant with female flowers.

White campion contains saponins which are toxic but since they are poorly absorbed by our body, they don't cause much harm. When the root is simmered in hot water, it can be used as a soap substitute for washing clothes.

The plant grows up to 3ft in height and the flowers are between 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. It flowers between June and September.

The plant to the left in the picture below is a male plant with flowers.





Wisteria from Shilpa:



Medium:Photography


Wisteria is a climbing vine with purple-blue flowers that hangs down like a bunch of grapes. It flowers in the beginning of spring. This plant is not very popular as it is invasive and suffocates other native plants, which in turn affects wildlife who depend on these native plants for food.

Shilpa found these flowers at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Wiegla from Jugalbandi



Medium:Photography




Wood Sorrel and Woody Nightshade from Mamatha:



Medium:Photography


Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is a plant from the Oxalis family. It flowers for a few months in spring, with small white flowers with pink streaks. The leaflets are made up by three heart-shaped leaves, folded through the middle. It is sometimes referred to as a shamrock (due to its three-leaf clover-like motif) and given as as gift on St. Patrick's Day. Mamatha clicked this picture at Smoky's.

(source: http://www.wikipedia.org)



Medium:Photography


Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is a member of the Nightshade family (Solanaceae) - the family that supplies us with vegetables like potato, tomato, green and red peppers, eggplant. The leaves are always arranged to face the light and the flower clusters invariably face a different direction from the leaves. The plant bears tiny egg-shaped green fruits that finally mature into shiny red berries.

Mamatha found this flower along a trail by the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh.

(source: http://ww.the-tree.org.uk/EnchantedForest/WoodlandFlowers/woodynightshade.htm)

Wishbone from Sree



Medium: Oil on Canvasboard


A common annual that loves shade along with hot and humid weather. It resembles an open snap dragon. Purple, rose, light blue and white and most common colors.

Scientific Name:Torenia fournieri

Wildrose from Mythreyee



Medium:Photography


Each year, in the early part of June, these small white wild roses begin to bloom, bringing a contrast to the green background. These roses are a climbing variety, and they utilize other trees and shrubs for their support. A few of these roses are in single bushes, but most are seen cascading down from the branches of other vegetation.

These are wild growing, massively fragrant multifloras that bloom buckets of five petaled white flowers in late spring and early summer.


Waterlily from Priya



Medium: Watercolor on paper


Water Lily also known as Nymphaea belongs to a family that has around 50 species. Some of these are day blooming one's and some are night bloomers. Colors include white, pink, purple and blue. There is often a confusion between Water Lily and Lotus - the former belongs to the Nymphaea family, while the latter belongs to the Nelumbo family. The name Nelumbo is from Sinhala.